I love Jane- she is ever the kick-ass, smart-mouthing, tough-as-nails vampire hunter, who wouldFour & a half stars.
A thoroughly entertaining read.
I love Jane- she is ever the kick-ass, smart-mouthing, tough-as-nails vampire hunter, who would do anything to protect her friends and family and the people in her city. I also feel she has grown a lot as a character throughout the series and that she is reaching a really good place in her personal life and making some peace with herself (most of the time).
The books in this series have really good plots with many interlocking layers and you can't really ever anticipate how things are going to turn out. And this is what keeps things fresh and readers reaching for the next book as it comes out.
The world of supernaturals- their politics and intrigues is rich and keep you wanting to learn more.
I really loved Bruiser in this book- ever a yummy, chivalrous, gentleman. Still I have this secret hope that Jane will one day be won over by Leo. What can I say, I love the mysterious, complicated and beautify master of the city. I feel that he is struggling to keep a balance between protecting his people and being strong for them, and also protecting his city and all the humans in it. This is not always an easy task. I also feel that Jane is rubbing off on him and he is also growing as a person or perhaps revealing more of who he is as he grows more comfortable with Jane. I hope that Jane will come to appreciate all he does and is one day.
All in all- loved the story, loved the characters and loved the style of writing. Would recommend to any paranormal/ urban fantasy fans out there....more
Four and a half stars. (I cut half a star because there was not as much of the Fool in this book as I would have liked.)
I love Fitz and the Fool! JustFour and a half stars. (I cut half a star because there was not as much of the Fool in this book as I would have liked.)
I love Fitz and the Fool! Just LOVE them, I have no words on how invested I am in their story. The Tawny Man trilogy is my all time favorite. I have lost count on how many times I have reread those books. And once I finished with The Tawny Man trilogy I started it all over again the next day, reading it slower, getting more into the nuances rather then trying to gobble down the story. I have never done that with any other book/ series before- rereading the day after finishing the first read.
I have a feeling that The Fitz and the Fool trilogy will be the same.
This first book- Fool's Assassin- reminds me in many ways of the first book of Tawny Man trilogy. Both of them will bring you up to date with Fitz's life following a lengthy gap (in this book 20+ years) after the last time he was in the thick of things. Due to that both of the first novels in the trilogies are somewhat slow and have less action then the later novels- they are building up to and leading into the conflict.
An interesting twist in this book/ series is that it has an additional POV aside Fitz's - a character that I came to love and appreciate a lot. This new perspective in this series only adds charm and richness to the story rather then deducts- as one might fear, what with having fewer pages of the story written that are seen through Fitz's eyes (who we all love and cherish).
I must admit that the cliffhanger at the end was a bit of a surprise, all the previous books have ended on a less strained note. But I understand the reason for it and I can't wait to read the next book to calm the anxiety still simmering in some strained corner of my brain.
I was happy with the twists and turns Fitz's life had taken, and it felt right to me. He never seemed completely happy, but knowing him and his proclivity to being pretty morose and self-pitying, it made sense. Yet it didn't seem like he had had a bad life, there seemed to be a feeling of genuine happiness and contentment to most of his years with Molly. And I understand his dark and contemplative moods, I would be morose as well if I had lost a friend like Fool (never knowing what happened to him) and my soul-mate (Nighteyes) had died.
The Fool is back. Yay! (I feel like jumping up and down and squealing with joy- guess who is my favorite character ;)). I was completely shocked to learn what had happened to him over the years, and honestly if all that was some sort of "karmic payback" then I am convinced that if there ever was any kind of debt (which I don't think there was) then it has been paid in full and with triple interest. I hope that the next book will bring him relief, he deserves it! And of course I am still hoping against hope that Fitz will finally realize what a precious gift he has in the Fool and in his love and regard, and do something about it. Sometimes I feel like shaking him or shouting "Wake up Fitz!", honestly how can someone be that blind?!
And that is something that makes us reach for Robin Hobbs books over and over again. It is almost a kind of magic- how she makes us care for her characters, with their flaws and all. Perhaps it is the flaws that make us love them so and relate to them in such a deep level. But more likely it is a combination of many different things, that is too complex for me to completely comprehend (sigh). I know of no other book/ series that takes a reader in such an intense emotional roller-coaster.
Truly, when reading her books you need a tissue box by your elbow- it is guaranteed that there will be tears, both of joy but more often of sorrow and frustration. You should also warn your family members that aside from being an sniffling, watery-eyed wreck while reading those books, you might also spontaneously shout, growl, or make other strange noises, and there is even a possibility you might jump up and smash your head against the wall in frustration. All assuredly normal side-effects of reading Robbin Hobb books and noting to be overly worried about.
One thing that left me a bit miserable overall was that there was so little of Fool in this book. So a fair warning to all who love him as much as I do and want him on as many pages as possible- don't get your hopes up, this book is just an intro to the main story and mainly concentrates on Fitz's life before Fool reenters it. So be patient and I am sure that in the next book we get to see much more of him.
The writing style of Robin Hobb is as eloquent and graceful as ever. It is a pure enjoyment reading her prose- it is like smooth honey, flowing effortlessly and filling you with warm, sweet appreciation. Some epic/ high fantasy writers use rather difficult prose- hard to comprehend archaic phrasing (especially to someone who is not native to speaking English), lengthy and twisting sentences and long detailed descriptions. Hobbs writing is perfect (at least to me), she does not over-embellish, her writing is not boring or overly difficult, it conveys what she is trying to say in an effortless way that is a joy to read.
Now to waiting for the next book with bated breath. August 2015 can't come soon enough! ...more